There’s no doubt that the 2019 Chevy Blazer looks cool. Find out if this midsize crossover offers the substance to match its impressive style.
Crossovers have become hugely popular these days, but buyers want size options to choose from. So to represent the middle slot between the 3-row Traverse and the compact Equinox, Chevrolet offers the new Blazer for 2019. The look is very stylish indeed, and that’s great for those who like to complain how vehicles tend to look much like another these days. But a closer look is needed to see if it performs in the same level as its aesthetics.
Here are the prices for the various trims, rounded off to the nearest hundred:
2.5L Cloth (referring to the seats). $33,500
3.6L Cloth. $34,500
3.6L Leather. $38,700
The best features are only available in the top trims RS and Premiere. We’ve went with the RS for the review, as its exterior styling is much more forceful and the handling traits are enhanced. But all in all, the Blazer seems a tad more expensive than the competition.
To get full value for your money, you may want to save yourself the extra $7,200 and go with the 3.6L trim with the cloth seats. At this trim level you will be able to pair the more powerful engine with the AWD option, which goes for $2,700. This engine can also pull up to 4,500 pounds, and that’s a lot compared to the meager 1,500 pounds that the 4-cylinder engine can tow.
With this trim, finish things off with the Convenience and Driver Confidence package. These give you the power liftgate, remote start, and heated front seats. You also get a bunch of driver-assistance technology, including rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind spot monitor.
However, you can only get the most advanced driver-assist tech if you’re going with the RS or Premiere. These allow you to get adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning, and automated emergency braking.
How Does It Look on the Outside and Inside?
Compare the look of the Blazer to contemporaries like the Passport, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Murano, and the Ford Edge, and you’ll quickly notice how its aesthetics stand out. The exterior styling looks much more aggressive, so there’s no rush to judgment in calling this a mommy-mobile.
On the inside, you may notice how the vibe is pretty much influenced by what you get in the Camaro. All the trims get the 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. The interface looks nice and easy to use, though it would have been less distracting with a rotary controller. A couple of USB ports are standard, and on the higher trims you have a 120V outlet. Options include wireless charging for smartphones, a 4G LTE mobile hotspot, built-in navigation, and a Bose system with 8 speakers.
The backseat offers ample space for extended trips, along with 31 cubic feet behind the back seats. Fold those seats and the cargo space increases to 64 cubic feet. In various strategic parts you have bins and pockets for smaller items like smartphones.
Engine and Performance
The base trim offers a 193-hp 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with a 9-speed auto transmission, and the combo is good enough for suburban needs.
But you can go for higher trims that give you the 308-hp 3.6L V6, and only this engine offers the chance for the AWD. This gives you better acceleration, as the RS can go from standstill to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. If you want to accelerate to pass traffic on the highway, it won’t be a problem as the speed can go from 50mph to 70 mph in just 4.6 seconds. For a crossover, that’s actually rather quick.
The steering is accurate, and the drive is calm and composed. The precise feedback from the steering wheel is great when you’re going fast, yet you’re still satisfied even when you’re going slowly.
This is the best Chevy crossover to drive, with its able responsiveness along the twisty sections. Some may even prefer the 4-cylinder trims with the 18-inch wheels, as they give you a quieter and smoother drive than the 21-inch wheels of the RS. But both are quiet at highway speeds and on smooth roads.
The brake pedal is firm and responsive. You can get your Blazer to stop in just 165 feet, after stepping on the brakes while at 70mph.
The base engine Blazer gives you 27 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city. The bigger engine drops the fuel economy to 26 on the highway and 20 in the city.
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer looks great, but you need to spend a lot more to enjoy the better features. It is sporty in looks and in performance as long as you get the V6 engine. There’s no doubt that you’ll enjoy this ride when you opt for the RS or Premiere, but you may not enjoy how the price approaches (or even exceeds) $50,000.
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